Scottsdale police detectives have made two arrests in the shooting death of Michael Gordin, 21 yrs of Scottsdale.
Michael Burton and Eric Webb were located and arrested at 3131 N. 70 Street (Archstone Apartments) on 8/30/11 at 4:45 PM, 14 hours after the incident.
At 2:30 AM on 8/30/2011, police responded to the Scottsdale Springs apartment at 7701 E. Osborn Road with neighbors reporting the sound of shots. Officers arrived and found the victim in a breezeway of one of the apartment buildings. He had been shot several times in the body and legs. He died at the scene. Other officers made contact with a female who identified herself as a friend of the victim. She reported to have witnessed the shooting. She went on to say that she and Gordin were walking to Gordin’s apartment, going through a breezeway, when they were confronted by a person she knows as Michael Burton and another unknown male. She saw Burton raise a handgun and start shooting. She fled, uninjured, but not before seeing Gordin shot. She said the 2 males had left the scene.
Throughout the day, Scottsdale police detectives worked to locate Michael Burton. They identified the second male suspect as Eric Webb. Interviews and investigative sources led them to the apartments at 3131 N. 70th Street. Both suspects were located and arrested without incident.
Our investigation has revealed that the deceased, Michael Gordin was implicated as a suspect in an armed robbery and kidnapping of a female in the city of Surprise on August 29. Michael Burton is the husband of the female victim from the Surprise incident. Through interviews, we have been able to determine that Michael Burton and Eric Webb went to the Scottsdale Springs apartments to confront Gordin in retaliation for the armed robbery the day before.
Our work has netted two arrests; however, we continue to investigate the incident. At this stage of the investigation we are still in the process of identifying the weapon that was used to shoot the victim.
Michael Burton was held in custody and is facing charges for first degree murder. Eric Webb was held in custody for conspiracy to commit first degree murder.